Metal detecting sites
General metal detecting sites
- Fair, carnival, or circus grounds
- Public parks and picnic areas
- Public school grounds
- Beaches (dry sand) or underwater
- All swimming holes
- Ballfields (baseball, football, soccer)
- Old homesites
- Fishing spots along creek banks and rivers
- Revival grounds, brush arbor sites, baptism sites in creeks
Where, when, and how
SCHOOLS the monkey bars, gravel beds, and sand play areas have been probably overworked by others so look where the boys go on a grassy field to play, and look for the area where others sit in the shade. Boys are always looking for a hill to roll down and almost everyone forget about this one. Check around the bottom of the hill and then along the sides and top. These days lazy teachers try to exhaust the kids and have them run around the field to tire them out. Look on both sides of the trail where they run.
BALLFIELDS Check on ballfields where natural grass is growing but avoid those places where attendants seed and fertilize the ground. Check the infield and outfield and use the all metal setting if possible. I find that soda cans are blasted to bits by the mower and scattered almost everywhere so you might have to use some discrimination. You must look for concession stands and phone booths that are on grass; the tall grass is best. Under stadiums where there is a lot of grass is very good. I have found that stadiums that are located between the goals along the side of soccer fields where people have to walk a long way on the grass to be excellent. Check the stadium seats and all along the grassy area where folks walk.
How to research old sites
Remember that you must not overlook early campsites, stagecoach stops, horse race tracks, and railroad stops. Research for all old mining areas and check with the state for information on geological sites of interest. Every time you hear a good tip write it down and keep a list of your best sites and finds Don’t forget to get permission from the landowner. If you find something really neat you can take a picture of it with your camera and take it to the photo shop where they can put it on CDROM, then if you like you can send the picture and story to a website where it will be posted for everyone to enjoy
Topographical Maps are available for your research and have use for prospectors and Civil War information such as names of little hills where battles were fought, also may have use for elevated sites along the seashore that were always sought out as places to bury things that would not be swept out to sea in a storm. Early townsites were also found at these locations.
Click on the index map and indicate your state, select from the USGS dealer nearest you.